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15th Apr 2020

Viewers disappointed with this year’s Home of the Year winner

Sarah Finnan

Home of the Year

People seem to think another house should have won Home of the Year 2020…

The RTE Home of the Year was announced last night, that saw judges Hugh Wallace, Deirdre Whelan and Peter Crowley whittle down the options to just three finalists – and taking the gold this year was the 19th century converted carriage-house in Clonsilla, Co. Dublin.

Owned by Ethna Dorman, the Dublin property beat out competition from 21 other home – with three houses continuously setting tongues wagging, including the carriage-house, a Cork cottage beside the lighthouse in Youghal and a country farmhouse in Co. Cavan.

Oozing charm and personality, Ethna converted the house into her own retirement home after the passing of her husband William. Showing viewers around the immaculate property, the restorations helped Ethna create a peaceful sanctuary, reflective of her life’s journey.

Though several agreed with judge Hugh in his description of the winner as “sheer magic”, many others seemed to be of a different opinion – claiming that the top prize should have gone to the Cork lighthouse instead.

Based down in the Rebel County, Saoirse Fitzgerald lives in a restored lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Impressing for both its location and views, people have dubbed it as complete house goals, saying that it was “robbed” of the gold.

There were also several calls claiming that the Cavan farmhouse should have come out on top, but of course, it’s hard to please all of the people, all of the time.

What do you make of the judges’ decision?

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